10/01/18 - Heart-Listening

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Deck: The Enchanted Map (trimmed) by Colette Baron-Reid, illustrated by Jena DellaGrottaglia

There are two ways to listen to others - the first is through our ears. With this kind of listening, everything is filtered through our own thoughts, opinions, and experiences. It's easy to make judgements and to offer solutions, without really acknowledging the other person's experience. In fact, our ears usually stop listening to them in order to start formulating our own response. 

The other way of listening is through the heart. Heart-listening is about being truly present and holding space for others - validating their experiences without criticism or drama. Not trying to fix things but just to understand - and you might not agree with them, but that's not what heart-listening is about. 

It is through listening with our hearts, with compassion and pure intention - i.e. free from our own agenda - that we are able to truly nurture others, and in doing so we help them in more ways than we can imagine. 
The most basic and powerful way to connect to another person is to listen with your heart. Leon VanderPol

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